Stop and think before you put that cookie or potato chip in your mouth, Americans need an increased awareness about their blood sugar. If blood sugar levels are too high, health complications such as damage to the nerves and organs, or hardened blood vessels can occur. Eating foods that are high in sugar are not the only culprit in most people's diets. Health problems can develop because of the overconsumption of refined grains and processed carbohydrates. Making specific changes to eating habits and dietary choices can help keep blood sugar levels more balanced.
Curb Those Carbs
When you enjoy eating a carbohydrate like pasta, french fries, or a candy bar, your body breaks that down into sugar. Knowing the glycemic level of a carbohydrate can help you choose healthier options that don't stress out the body. Reducing the carbs on your plate with a healthier option by less than 10% can prove beneficial. Allow your body to glean more calories from fats and proteins than carbs to balance your plate.
Foods that undergo more processing and are far from their natural state typically have a higher glycemic level. Fill your plate with foods that are high in fiber, are slow to digest, and have healthy fats to improve blood sugar levels. Look to sate hunger with whole foods like veggies, fruit, and grains that are minimally processed. Alternate your go-to dietary choices, reduce carb intake, and increase consumption of protein and healthy fats to feel fuller longer.
A Plate To Sate
The familiar pang of hunger causes most of us to reach for foods that are convenient and comforting, but might not be so healthy. It's easy to fill up on carbohydrates and make it more than 50% of your daily intake, but cravings and hunger can be satisfied with other choices. Routinely reducing carb consumption, increasing intake of healthy fats, protein, and eating more whole foods can make a world of difference.
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